By Edwin Kyle Kule
Tanzania’s top division the Vodacom Premier League came to a climax over the weekend, with Mtibwa Sugar home to Ugandan midfielder Boban Zirintusa securing their top-flight status after a close fight against relegation.
Mtibwa finished the season 14th with 45 points on the 20-team log, level with Alliance FC who were relegated after finishing 17th, with the former managing to secure survival on goal difference.
However, Mbeya City, Mbao and Mtibwa survived the sword; Zirintusa the saviour for Mtibwa after he bagged a brace as his side came from a goal down to win 2-1 against Ruvu Shooting Stars to secure their ticket for next season.
Ruvu had taken a first-half lead through Sadat Mohammed’s shot in the 35th minute, but Mtibwa secured a come back in the second half.
Zirintusa drew his side level in the 51st minute before bagging the all-important goal 14 minutes later to silence the visiting fans at CGM Gairo Stadium in Moro.
“The Tanzanian League has not been a simple question paper though we managed to finish safely,” Zirintusa said.
“I am happy that together with my colleagues we have helped the team stay in the league. I thank God for the victory and pray he guides me in the forthcoming season,” he added.
The Ugandan attacking midfielder has been a great addition to the side since crossing over from Busoga United, scoring five goals and providing five assists in 11 games.
He was the match-winner in Mtibwa’s 3-1 victory over Singida United recently bagging a brace and scored the equaliser against Alliance earlier on in July.
Zirintusa joined Mtibwa Sugar in the January transfer window a deal that left many wondering whether he will meet the expectations of his employers.
Simba SC clinched the title with 88 points, rivals Yanga managed to tip Nicolas Wadada’s Azam FC into second with 72 points, two points ahead of the Ice Cream Makers.